XXIII edition
10/15 December 2013

  Out of Competiton
  Special Screenings
  Catalana I Criminal
  TV Noir

Devil’s Knot
USA, 2013, 114', DCP, color

Atom Egoyan
Scott Derrickson
Paul Harris Boardman
based on the novel
Devil's Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three
by Mara Leveritt
Paul Sarossy
Susan Shipton
Mychael Danna
art direction
Phillip Barker
Colin Firth (Ron Lax)
Reese Witherspoon (Pam Hobbs)
Dane DeHaan
Mireille Enos (Vicki Hutcherson)
Bruce Greenwood (Judge David Burnett)
Elias Koteas (Jerry Driver)
Stephen Moyer (John Fogelman)
Alessandro Nivola (Terry Hobbs)
Amy Ryan (Margaret Lax)
Kevin Durand (John Mark Byers)

Elizabeth Fowler
Richard Saperstein
Clark Peterson
Christopher Woodrow
Paul Harris Boardman
Worldview Entertainment

world sales
The Weinstein Company
99 Hudson St., 4th Fl., 10013 New York, United States
Tel. +1 212 9413800 - Fax +1 212 9413949

Inspired by real life events, the film tells the story of three teenagers, the so-called West Memphis Three, who in 1993 were convicted of the murder of three eight-year-old children as part of what was allegedly a satanic ritual. The conviction, which immediately sparked heated debates, was based on inconsistent evidence. Suspicions over a wrongful conviction were further fuelled by private investigator Ron Lax and later Pam Hobbs, the mother of one of the three murdered children. Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr. and Jason Baldwin were released last year after 20 years in prison.

"I consider the West Memphis Three story a piece of American mythology now. After four documentaries and the way that story has persisted, it has become a story that I think will be looked at and reinterpreted because it is one of the most exhaustively examined pieces of crime and certainly a murder story outside of a celebrity or president. I can’t think of any other story that’s been unsolved, which remains at some level mysterious, and also which has been subject to such scrutiny. You go on the Internet, and it’s kind of amazing, these sites that are devoted to every piece of testimony, every piece of evidence. It has lingered in the American consciousness in a certain way, and I think it’s ripe for dramatic retelling, a reinvestigation that’s not bound by the orthodoxies of documentary." [Atom Egoyan]

Atom Egoyan, born in Cairo to parents of Armenian origin, moved to Canada at the age of three. He made his directorial debut in 1979 with the short Howard in Particular, and in 1984 directed his first feature film, Next of Kin. He also directed several episodes of the television series The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. His films include Exotica (1994, FIPRESCI Prize winner at the Cannes Film Festival), the film that won him international fame; The Sweet Hereafter (1997, winner of the Special Grand Jury Prize at Cannes), inspired by the Russell Banks novel; the thriller Felicia’s Journey (1999); Ararat (2002); Where the Truth Lies (2005, in Competition at Cannes); and Chloe (2009), a remake of Anne Fontaine’s Nathalie.

2013 Devil's Knot
2009 Chloe
2008 Adoration
2005 Where the Truth Lies 
2002 Ararat
1999 Felicia’s Journey 
1997 Bach Cello Suite #4: Sarabande
1997 The Sweet Hereafter 
1994 Exotica
1993 Calendar
1991 The Adjuster 
1989 Speaking Parts
1987 The Final Twist
1988 Family Viewing 
1987 Cupid's Quiver
1984 Next of Kin



10/12/2013 h 22:30PalaNoir 1
preceded by Opening Concert